VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai in Ngati Kahungunu, Hawkes Bay wanted to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori with our care experienced young people by sharing stories about Māori Language Moment with an interactive wall display, word searches, colouring and sharing kai. This was a follow on event from our Matariki event, where we shared stories of Pania of the Reef and had pretend bonfires. This time we were able to go to the beach and share stories of Te Reo Māori and reflect on how we try and use this on a daily basis. Two of our young people are fluent in Te Reo Māori and were teaching and helping the rōpu and Voyce Staff, new words. We ordered our kai in Te Reo, which was really fun.

The young people raced to complete the word search, finding 12 kupa from Te Tēpu Kai (the dining table). We received feedback from two of our kotiro, that this was the most fun that they have had with VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai to date (and they’ve attended almost every tūhono). Another tamariki said that he really enjoyed colouring in. We were able to use Te Reo colouring pencils and at the tēpu the tamariki were asking for the pencils they wanted in Te Reo.

The night ended with us all sharing kai by the moana, doing a TikTok or two and we each reflected on what we have learnt and what we have enjoyed through Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.